Wait a minute, before anyone gets too excited and starts to barrage me with rotten vegetables while proclaiming “Hypocrite” with megaphones and pointing to one of my prior articles “A Dark Day for Homophobia” as a basis for their disdain, let me make something clear: I still feel that Corporate America should keep their noses out of social issues and stick with what they do best, selling their goods and services. And I also believe, as I mentioned in the other article, that miffed Americans can protest by simply not buying the retaurant’s stuff.
But with this being said, the latest event regarding the statements of Chick-Fil-A’s president Dan Cathy, garnered an entirely different and, sadly predictable, reaction across the nation. In my opinion, as with Starbucks, he should have voiced his opinion outside of corporate para- meters. But the hypocrisy that stands in the shadows of the settling smoke and dust is the type that gasps out of exasperation that one has the audacity to speak in an “offensive” manner toward another, but that any type of response, even if it means ignoring the Constitution and shellacking the “culprit”s right to free speech, is justified. Instead of just saying “shut up and sell chicken sandwiches”, it has been taken as an affront against the entire gay world and now all kinds of quasi-political movements for “justice” are popping up (read one example here).
The real joke is when the mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco have basically sworn that a Chick-Fil-A restaurant will never be erected in their cities. Think about this for a minute. As what has become too common lately, led by politicians who never fail to capitalize and exploit frenzied chaos, people will hop on board the swinging pendulum that inevitably swings the opposite direction of reason when emotions are high. To give credit to a small group of liberals (which you won’t find me doing very often), there are still some who have maintained their wits and understand the dangers of knee jerk reactionary methods. They can still see through the thick morning fog on the day after battle. They can see the slippery slope that will be created by denying a company the right to open a store and engage in free enterprise, simply because the president of the chain has voiced his religious and moral opinion. (Read here) Even Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York, aka King Mike, the man who runs arguably the largest social society anywhere, has enough sense to see this. Referring to my prior article again, those who would disagree with Starbucks’ favorable stance on gay marriage would be mistaken to forbid a new store from opening near them. The best way to voice your opinion, if it differs from Starbucks’s – don’t buy coffee there!
But “no”, just not buying food, or asking others to not buy food at a Chick-Fil-A, is not good enough. Now there has to be an all out assault on anyone who remotely supports Chick-Fil-A in any way. Patrons are being called “bigots” and Chick-Fil-A is being accused of “discrimination”. Is it just me, or is this a maniacal double standard? People are responding to a verbal opinion on an issue by exercising physical, real life persecution. Rather than simply saying something along the lines of “I totally disagree with Dan Cathy. But though I find his statements personally insulting, thank God he has the right to say them and that I have the right to disagree with them.”
This is America, folks. Well, at least it used to be. Now we have the age-old situation where a person will tout “free speech” until the proverbial cows come home. That is, until someone else says something they find objectionable. Then, all bets are off.
My suggestion is that you speak out for what you believe in your heart to be true and meaningful. Don’t let empirical thugs intimidate you. Show them that you are not afraid to use your free speech.
Show them you aren’t a chicken.